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venue for Hall of Fame consideration to managers, umpires and executives, as well as players reMETAIRIE, La. -- Help has arrived for the New Orleans Saints 31st-ranked defense.First-round draft pick Sheldon Rankins returned to practice Wednesday and has been designated as the Saints one player to return from injured reserve this season.The rookie defensive tackle was placed on IR in Week 1 after he suffered a broken left fibula during training camp. Wednesday was the first day he was eligible to return under NFL rules. The earliest Rankins can return to a game is Week 9 at the San Francisco 49ers.Rankins said he went through a few individual drills as he slowly increases his workload. And he said he thinks a Week 9 return to game action is realistic.Barring any setbacks, I think were on schedule for that time frame. But Im gonna take it day by day and let God handle the rest, Rankins said.Rankins admitted there would be some rust but said he began running a few weeks ago and that his weight is right where he feels most comfortable at 305 pounds.I think a couple weeks [of practicing before playing] is fine, Rankins said. I think in a sense as a football player, youve been doing it for so long you kind of have some semblance of what youre doing out there. But timing is everything. When Im rushing the passer, when I throw my hands or when I take this step to come inside and different things like that. And conditioning -- being able to run to the ball, play hard, things like that.I think those are the real things these few weeks are gonna allow me to do and be a big help for me.Rankins described the past two weeks as quiet and said it felt great to be around his teammates, cutting up and laughing on the practice field. He said it also felt great to do things like diving into a tackling dummy.Yeah, I definitely was kind of anxious to go through that, Rankins said. Little things like tackling drills and hitting sleds and football movements was fun for me today, just to see how my body would react to it, how my leg would react to it. It was good for me.The Saints (2-3) could use Rankins. The defense ranks 31st in the NFL with 419.4 yards allowed per game. And they have allowed the most points in the league at 33.6 per game.The 6-foot-2, 305-pound Rankins is a disruptive force up the middle who should help both the pass rush and the run defense. Rankins had 14 sacks and 26.5 tackles for loss over his final two years at Louisville before New Orleans drafted him with the No. 12 pick.The Saints also are hoping to get No. 1 cornerback Delvin Breaux back soon from his own broken left fibula that he suffered in Week 1. Its not clear yet whether Breaux will resume practicing this week. McPhee said that Ovechkins father Mikhail is in stable condition after having the surgery this week and is no longer in intensive care. "Weve told him to stay as long as necessary with your dad," he said. Ovechkin and his Russian national team were eliminated from the mens hockey tournament in Sochi on Wednesday with a 3-1 quarter-final loss to Finland. -- If Henry Burris has his way, he will be the starting quarterback to lead the Hamilton Tiger-Cats back to the Grey Cup next year. -- Brandon Jennings made the most of his first game with the Detroit Pistons on Sunday night. The visitors took a deserved lead in the 16th minute with midfielder Yohan Cabaye curling the ball beyond Adrian from inside the penalty area. A forerunning sled crashed into the worker Thursday at the Sanki Sliding Center. The unidentified worker broke both legs and was airlifted to a nearby hospital. CHICAGO -- Patrick Kane flashed a million-dollar smile in the photo opp, beaming from behind a table topped by the troika of hefty awards he skated off with to cap a sublime season.Chicagos 27-year-old star forward broke away with the Hart Trophy as the NHLs MVP, the Art Ross as the leading scorer and the Ted Lindsay Award, given to the NHLs outstanding player by fellow skaters.Missing conspicuously from silverware haul on the opening day of the Blackhawks annual fan convention was the Stanley Cup, the championship Chicago failed to defend last spring after winning it in 2010, 2013 and 2015.Despite a first-round, seven-game playoff exit against St. Louis last April, the Blackhawks say theyre ready for another run at the Cup with a revised, younger roster. The NHLs salary cap, set at $73 million for next season, once again forced GM Stan Bowman to trim key players, most notably forwards Andrew Shaw and Teuvo Teravainen.Bowman thinks his kids, and team, will be all right. He expects top prospects, who skated in a camp in Chicago this week, to jump in and fill in several spots, especially at forward alongside stars such as Kane, Jonathan Toews and Artemi Panarin, last years Calder Trophy winner as rookie of the year.No worries for coach Joel Quenneville, either.Im very comfortable with it, Quenneville said. I see more depth on our team. I see more speed on our team.Bowman said the prospect camp, which ended on Friday, was the best weve had in terms of the caliber of player and level of play.The GM called out forwards Tanner Kero, Vincent Hinostroza and Ryan Hartman, who have played just a handful of NHL games, as exceptional.Theyve taken their game to another level, Bowman said. You can put Tyler Motte and Nick Schmaltz in there.Motte and Schmaltz, collegiate scoring stars last season, signed contracts with the Blackhawks last spring and left Michigan and North Dakota early. Schmaltz, a sophomore with the NCAA champ Fighting Hawks, said he sensed a real chance.I think Im at the point in my game where Im confident and ready to take this jump and do everything to make the NHL next year, said the rangy 20-year-old center.I think theres a good feeling all around in that theres oppoortunity that might not have been there in the past, said Hartman, a 21-year-old right wing.dddddddddddd Its kind of a good time to be here. All of the prospects are the same boat, trying to earn a spot.Bowman insists he isnt handing anything out.I think its dangerous to try to label guys to fill a role, he said. One thing I told all those guys, Im not sure which of you is going to make the team, but dont make that decision easy for us.Things are clearer on defense, where lack of depth hurt Chicago last season. Bowman signed free agent Brian Campbell to a bargain $2 million, one-year deal earlier this month to eat up minutes alongside Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook and Niklas Hjalmarsson.Campbell is 37, but the mobile defenseman led Florida last season with 22:16 of ice time per game and a plus-31. A member of Chicagos 2010 Cup team, Campbell says he feels great and has plenty left in the tank.Hes getting better with age and Im excited about what he brings to our team, Quenneville said. I think in the last couple of years, hes taken his game to a new level.Defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk, 24, did the same last season, staying healthy and playing all 82 games with the Blackhawks. Chicago also added 25-year-old Czech free agent Michal Kempny over the summer. Journeyman Michal Rozsival is back and Bowman has been impressed with 20 year-old Swede Gustav Forsling and 22-year-old Finn Ville Pokka.Regardless of who makes their team and where they finish, the Blackhawks will be a lot younger.It looks like we have some really good young talent that can come in and and step in right away, Kane said. I think thats something thats going to be big for us.Game notes Marian Hossa, 37, had only 13 goals last season, but said hes ready for whatever role Quenneville gives him. Hossa, who has 499 career goals, also is looking forward to skating for Team Europe in the World Cup of Hockey this September. Im sure the tempo is going to be so high, so when you come to training camp youre just going to feel like youre playing in a pickup league or something, he said. Wholesale Jerseys  Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Authentic Jerseys From China Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys ' ' ' tired for more than 15 season


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